• Keeping that weight loss resolution

    If you're one of the many Americans who plan to lose weight next year, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of success, an expert says.

    "It should be clear by now that there is no one diet that works for everyone," Jill Ashbey-Pejoves, lead dietitian at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release.

    "The best diet is the one that works for you. Don't starve yourself or eliminate entire food groups," she advised.

    If you want to lose weight, you need to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, she said. Deprivation diets don't work because depriving yourself of something just makes you want to eat it even more.

    Plan what you'll eat each day, so you won't be forced into a quick decision and make a poor choice. Pack your own lunch and snacks. Eliminate unhealthy snacks and desserts from your home and replace them with fruit, Ashbey-Pejoves said.

    Track your eating habits. Doing so keeps you focused and honest and helps you plan and see what works and what doesn't.

    Any weight loss effort should include exercise. A mix of aerobics, resistance training and stretching is best. Resistance workouts build muscle and muscle burns more calories. Doing only aerobics may not help you lose weight because that type of exercise stimulates appetite, Ashbey-Pejoves said.

    Be sure to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of caffeine-free beverages.

    Every meal should begin with a salad or broth-based vegetable soup. They help you feel full because of their high water content, but are low in calories. Many salad dressing are high in calories, so try seasoned rice vinegar instead, Ashbey-Pejoves said.

    She also suggested that you use smaller plates; fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, put out a fruit bowl, and eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.Read more at:cheap prom dresses | prom dresses 2015

  • A year of fitness

    AS we look forward to the new year and the resolutions that come with it, it is as good a time as any to both look back at the year gone by, and the one to come for the best fitness trends over the next two weeks. The year 2014 saw technology come into its own. Fitbit, jawbone, phones that incorporate heart rate monitors and activity graphs have become par for the course. The web, which has also been a very rich source of information for exercise enthusiasts, has now become a strong educational tool with the ever-increasing online courses both for fitness professionals and serious enthusiasts. We also saw increased focus on functional training, on using more and more refined technique. Less, for the first time, became more as ‘how do you do’ is finally more important than ‘how much’.

    Another interesting shift in 2014 was the re-emergence of group classes, Pilates, boot camp, and yoga that maintained their pre-eminence in our hearts and minds. More and more people around the world signed up for group classes, preferring them over one to one sessions.

    One of the reasons why group classes were preferred was because they were economical. A lot was expected of 2014 including a visible economic turnaround, which did not happen, and a lot of trends of 2015 are expected to be impacted by this reality. This is why we expect to hear a lot more about body weight training. I also expect to see the growing popularity of high intensity interval training. This workout usually calls for short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short recovery time. Due to its efficiency at burning calories and building muscles, it has become a favourite in the world of fitness; a word of caution though, if you are careful about your posture and technique, then there is an increased chance of injury with this type of exercise.

    A trend that I welcome and foresee is the growth of more educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals. Our fitness industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds; there is a huge increase in demand for fitness professionals who are at the top of their field. Strength training also evolved and became more popular as it is no longer a “guy” thing or just for athletes in training. Men, women and even children can benefit from building stronger bones as well as controlling their weight and increasing energy levels.

    Yoga is another fitness regime I see growing even more in 2015. Yoga in all forms continues to be a favourite in the fitness community. Could it be its ability to continually invent itself that is so attractive? Yogis can do traditional forms like Vinyasa yoga or fly high with more modern versions like aerial yoga. With the announcement of the World Yoga Day by the UN, I expect and hope more people around the world will hear and learn about yoga.

    As our life expectancy has increased, we have an entirely new category emerging of the fit 60 something. Fitness programmes designed for the 60+ age group are a growing part of the fitness industry. Next week, we will review the rest of the new trends to look forward to in 2015.Read more at:prom dresses uk | cocktail dresses

  • Uganda: Healthy Eating Tips for Christmas

    Keep it simple

    Researchers from Rush University medical centre in Chicago have that found women who spent longer preparing and cleaning up after meals had a greater risk of health problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Women who cut the amount of time spent in the kitchen reduced their risk of developing the conditions by more than a third, they found. While the study was unable to pinpoint the cause of the increased risk, the experts speculated that home cooked meals might be eaten in larger portions than those in restaurants or ready-prepared meals. In short, instead of waking up at 6am on Christmas Day to start basting the turkey, you are better off simply popping a ready meal in the microwave.

    Eat some chocolates

    It's that time of the year when chocolates are everywhere, so enjoy the delicacies without thinking twice as some of the research conducted by different brands suggests that chocolate can be good for you too, reports mirror.co.uk.

    Cocoa helps in blood flow: The main ingredient in chocolate contains a wonderful antioxidant called flavanol, which is found in plants. The higher the cocoa content in your chocolate, the better it is for you.

    Brain power: Scientists discovered you could have the brain power you had 20 years ago, if you consume plenty of flavanol-rich cocoa.

    Prevents ageing: The antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables, which help fight free-radicals that lead to wrinkles, are just as potent in cocoa-rich chocolate.

    Makes you happy: Research published in the scientific journal Nutritional Neuroscience has suggested that chocolates can boost your mood. Chocolates are high in magnesium, which aids relaxation, and contain anandamide, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood.

    Lowers your cholesterol: Scientists believe that consumption of high cocoa-content chocolates can help lower your cholesterol and improve blood pressure. It's all thanks to flavanols and plant sterols -- both of which increase the flexibility of veins and arteries.

    Losing weight: The good news is that you don't have to give up your favourite sweet treat to slim down. Having a little bit of dark chocolate helps reduce the craving for other naughty foods, making it easier to stick to your diet. Eating a piece of chocolate this Christmas is fine.

    Avoid canned foods

    A few people drink and eat food from cans and plastic bottles this season. That might negatively impact on your health. A new study reports that cans and bottles lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could lead to increased blood pressure. BPA is a common chemical, found in products such as plastic bottles and the inner lining of food cans.

    There is evidence that BPA can leach into food and drinks from the lining of containers. An earlier randomized crossover trial demonstrated that eating canned soup for 5 days running increased urinary BPA concentration by more than 1000%, in comparison with eating soup made from fresh ingredients.

    The researchers recommend eating fresh foods or glass bottle-contained foods rather than canned foods.

    Eat some yogurt

    Considering the benefits of eating yogurt, from regulating bowel movements and promoting a healthy gut to fighting infections, you should incorporate this superfood into your diet this season.

    Yogurt acts as an antidote while you are using antibiotics, it triggers vitamin B production which regulates the energy balance of the body while protecting you from neural and autoimmune diseases, and it balances your blood sugar.

    Yogurt also is a natural shield against diseases because the lactic acid it includes turns inner bowel environment into acid and prevents the production of cancerous cells by lowering the pH of the environment while facilitating the production of immune system booster metabolites. It is also the immune system booster.Read more at:vintage prom dresses | princess prom dresses